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by bergie15
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What are concepts according to materialism?
Replies: 252
Views: 17181

Re: What are concepts according to materialism?

Isn't an absolute idealist someone who believes that ideas are the only things that exist? Then I think a materialist would disregard concepts altogether, if matter is the only thing that exists to them.
by bergie15
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:47 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology 101
Replies: 21
Views: 5114

Re: Epistemology 101

Descartes wasn't talking about if other objects existed, he was questioning his own existence. The cogito ergo sum means I think, therefore I exist. (The computer program idea was not around in his time, obviously it had not been invented yet.) He came to the conclusion that his existence was real b...
by bergie15
Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Where does value lie?
Replies: 16
Views: 1621

Re: Where does value lie?

I think that certain things can have intrinsic value to a person. Some objects may not have any monetary value, but they can still have worth to a person.
by bergie15
Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: different way of understanding grammer.
Replies: 45
Views: 5508

Re: different way of understanding grammer.

Yes, the first noun is usually the subject. -You spelled grammar incorrectly in the subject line. It is spelled with two a's.
by bergie15
Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Philosophy of Mind
Replies: 104
Views: 32684

Re: Philosophy of Mind

Yes, our mind and body work together, as was discussed by Descartes-the mind-body problem. When we do any sort of action, it is first registered in the brain-then the body completes the action.
by bergie15
Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Doing... nothing!?
Replies: 11
Views: 1988

Re: Doing... nothing!?

I don't know that we can actually do nothing. We are always thinking, and our brains are always working. So we are doing something then.
by bergie15
Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:12 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Esoteric Dimensions of Music
Replies: 3
Views: 1925

Re: Esoteric Dimensions of Music

This is very interesting. I have never read about that before. Thanks for the link!
by bergie15
Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The riddle of human conscience
Replies: 14
Views: 2254

Re: The riddle of human conscience

How can the self be both selfish and selfless at the same time? This seems like a contradiction to me. Of course, people can be both selfish at times and selfless at other times. Does anyone have any ideas?
by bergie15
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The riddle of human conscience
Replies: 14
Views: 2254

Re: The riddle of human conscience

I think that we are in awe of the choices made in scenario 1 because we think that it is right to help other people in need. This choice to put the other persons' life before our own says that we are not only selfish beings. Our conscience here is at work saying- "You can't leave this person to die...
by bergie15
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:45 pm
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: Why Suffering is a Good Thing
Replies: 69
Views: 13774

Re: Why Suffering is a Good Thing

I don't think that we enjoy our suffering. Perhaps some people do, but not the majority. I don't think that discussing what has gone wrong is necessarily a bad thing. However, I think that some seem to enjoy it too much.
by bergie15
Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: Why Suffering is a Good Thing
Replies: 69
Views: 13774

Re: Why Suffering is a Good Thing

Turning off thought, as someone said earlier, is not a simple or easy thing to do. The mental aspect of suffering is different than the physical aspect. If people had the ability to turn off the mind, then suffering would not effect us as much.
by bergie15
Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Tao
Replies: 60
Views: 10412

Re: Tao

In the Tao, the yin and yang represented a unity of opposites. Light and dark, good and evil are opposites but they are one within the Tao. The opposites balance each other out.
by bergie15
Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:57 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Is there any credible evidence against Amanda Knox?
Replies: 10
Views: 3485

Re: Is there any credible evidence against Amanda Knox?

I don't think that there is credible evidence against her. I was reading about the investigation in an article and it said, for example, the knife that was supposedly used as the murder weapon doesn't match the wounds found on the body. I don't know; it's very hard to say. It's such a strange case.
by bergie15
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Choice or Determinism
Replies: 91
Views: 11244

Re: Choice or Determinism

This is a response to the experiment with Mary. How would she be able to recognize the color blue without experiencing it previously? She would have to have some prior experience of the color, or else she would not know what it was. I know what certain objects are because I have seen them before and...
by bergie15
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:21 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "philosophy" of Religion
Replies: 34
Views: 5229

Re: "philosophy" of Religion

Philosophy of religion is not only for creationists and spritualists. It discusses many different topics besides God, theism and atheism. It includes topics such as ghosts and near-death experiences also (which happen to be very interesting). It is not only dealing with the god question.